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November 8th, 2017

Alpha Phi Alpha lends helping hand to CCA

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. of Grambling State University recently held a food drive and donated 602 food items to Christian Community Action. Among the volunteers were Donavon Travis, Omar Sims,Xavier Ogunyemi, Trace Payne, Nathan Ismael, Christian Bailey, DaJun Morris, Chauncey Wells, Roderick Atkinson, Major Woods, Louis Grant, Jeffery Harris and Willie Balancier .

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‘Selfies: From Digital to Physical’

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council recently announced an exhibit of paintings by Amanda Roe.
In this exhibit the artist takes selfies from her social media accounts and re-imagines them into physical self-portraits.
For people not familiar with the term “selfie,” it is simply a photo taken of you by yourself.
The photo is then used on social media in places like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

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Celebrate Veterans Day throughout the year

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Editor’s note: This is part one of a two part series.
Veterans Day is a day to remember and reflect on the sacrifices of our military veterans and also to thank them for their service.
It is a celebration that honors America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to offer their lives for the common good.

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Reader writes about “The Naked Communist” book

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I’ve been reading, “The Naked Communist,” by W. Cleon Skousen. He lists the 45 Communist Party strategy goals Communists seek to achieve. Following is a sampling of the strategy goals. See if you don’t recognize a familiar pattern being seen in America today.
1. Promote the United Nations as the only hope for mankind.
2. Capture one or both of the political parties of the United States.
3. Get control of the schools. Soften the curriculum.
4. Infiltrate the press. Get control of editorial writing, policy-making positions, book reviews, and assignments.

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Legislature continues to shine at cheap talk

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Talk is cheap, so the saying goes. Nobody knows that better than the people of Louisiana.
For almost two years, the Legislature has known the state would face the $1.5 billion-plus shortfall that’s now just seven months away from sending us careening over the fiscal cliff with not even so much as a tiny twig to attempt to latch onto to break the fall.
And for those same almost two years, the Legislature has done nothing about it.

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Joint training benefits all

We’ve seen the pictures all too frequently: Police in riot gear moving in to hold off a jittery crowd while at the same time protecting the right of others to peacefully assemble.
So far, that situation hasn’t occurred in Lincoln Parish. But let’s be honest, it could. And it’s not just because our parish is home to two universities. Sadly, as one commentator observed after Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the penchant for violence and civil disobedience is an unfortunte sign of the times.

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November 7th

Simsboro to get Family Dollar

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The residents of Simsboro will soon have a new addition to their community — a Family Dollar Store.
Corey Smith, store developer, said he was excited to announce the first steps toward building a Family Dollar store in Simsboro.
“The plan is to build a family dollar store. It would be a little over 8,000 sq. ft. and it will be similar to a small grocery store,” he said.
“Family Dollar is actually expanding their selection so this one will have more groceries than what you have typically seen in other stores.”
The new store would employee six to eight local residents, Smith said.

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Aldermen approve TIF district tax

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday unanimously approved levying a half-cent sales tax in the city’s new tax incremental financing district.
The board created the Cooktown Road Economic Development District in September as part of an economic incentive plan requested by a Tennessee developer who wants to build a multi-store retail center on the roughly 15-acre tract west of Cooktown Road and north of Interstate 20.
Imposing the tax was the next step. The 20-year tax is applicable only in the district and won’t start until April 1, 2019.

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Budget watchers about fiscal cliff: ‘It’s going to hurt’

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Representatives of the Louisiana Budget Project were in Ruston on Monday warning if the state plunges over the looming fiscal cliff, it’s going to hurt.
“If we go hurdling over this cliff, it’s not going to be painless,” Nick Albares, LPB’s senior policy analyst said.
LBP is a nonprofit organization that monitors and reports on public policy and how that policy affects the state’s low- to moderate-income families.
Education, healthcare and children’s services will once again take the biggest hits, if the budget hole isn’t plugged, Albares said.

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Parish schools earn ‘A’ from state ed department

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For the first time in its history, the Lincoln Parish School system has been designed an “A” system by the Louisiana Department of Education.
The 2017 rankings were released this morning in Baton Rouge. The system earned its “A” by increasing its District Performance Score to 100.4, up from 96 last year.
School Superintendent Mike Milstead said he is “extremely proud” of the accomplishment.

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